After achieving a record setting ACT score in 2011, Indian Prairie School District 204 saw a minimal decline of 0.3 in its recently released scores. The district’s 2012 composite score of 24.2 remains significantly higher than the state average of 20.9 and the national average of 21.1.
Even after a change this year, District 204 students’ composite scores have risen by 0.8 in the past five years alone, significantly outpacing the state’s average growth of 0.2 in this same time period.
Superintendent Kathy Birkett said if you look at historical data for the district, some years see an increase and other years see a slight decline. “We remain pleased with our overall historical trend in ACT scores. Since the state first began requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT in 2003, District 204 has increased its score by an astonishing 1.9 points. Over the years, if we see a slight decline, it provides the opportunity to review core subject areas to assess ways to achieve continued growth.”
Illinois became the first state to require all high school juniors, not just those who planned to attend college, to take the ACT as part of the Prairie State Achievement Examination. In District 204, 2,134 students took the test in 2012. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. The test is scored on a 36 point scale.